A DINING OASIS: Lakeside dining amid a lush, tranquil landscape
sounds like a once-a-year vacation, but Colonial Springs Golf
Club (1 Long Island Ave., East Farmingdale 631-643-1050 www.colonialspringsgolf.com)
has it right in our backyard. And heres a little-known
secret: they are open to the public for lunch during the week,
making stay-cationing at home a luxurious option. Non-members
are welcome Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. -3 p.m.
Dine outside on the patio and get a respite from the home
or office hustle and bustle while basking in the sun. Check
the website at www.colonialspringsgolf.com for menu and weekly
specials. Non-membership does have its privileges.
MORNING STARS: If you were tuned in to CBS Morning News on
Memorial Day, May 28, you should have caught Executive Chef
Joe DeNicola and Chef de Cuisine Anthony DAmico of Ruvo
Restaurant (63 Broadway, Greenlawn 631-261-7700 ruvorestaurant.com)
preparing a summery meal of local striped bass with tri-color
salad and a ginger-scallion dressing. If you missed them,
you can always head to downtown Greenlawn to enjoy their kitchen
magic in person at Ruvo.
SAMBUCA, ANYONE? If Huntington is the Dining Capital of Long
Island, Wall Street is the Executive Chamber. Visit at the
end of the night, when the weathers right, and its
likely youll find restaurant owners Mark Salese (Almarco)
and Joe Quirke (La Bottega) enjoying wine and a cigar and
taking in the scene from a streetside view outside of Almarco.
Weve even seen a bottle of Sambuca make its way to the
table, bringing a little flavor of Little Italy to the scene.
STRAIGHT OFF THE FARM: The fifth season of the Northport Farmers
Market will soon begin. Attracting vendors both near and far,
the market will be open Saturdays between June 9 and Nov.
17 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Cow Harbor parking lot. Fresh
fruits, vegetables, honey, meats, baked goods, cheeses and
pickles will be available, along with flowers, prepared foods
and other goods. Tanger Outlets at the Arches will open its
Farmers Market on June 2 (through Nov. 18) bringing Long Island
farms, wineries and bakers offering local fruits, vegetables,
wines and more. The market is Saturday and Sunday from 11
a.m. - 3 p.m. in Suite 525 near Starbucks Coffee.
TWISTED VINE: Chef Michael Heinlein, owner of Twisted Vine
Cocktails and Cuisine (24 Clinton Ave., Huntington village)
is confident he will be opening up his new restaurant on June
5. Heinlein will be serving-up his own recipes at the American-fusion
restaurant and bar and will offer live entertainment Thursday
through Sunday. No website yet, but track Heinleins
progress on Twisted Vine Cocktails and Cuisines Facebook
PARTY TIME: The biggest bash of summer is sure to be the block
party celebrating the 100th anniversary of Finnegans
Restaurant and Tap Room (5 Wall St., Huntington 631-423-9696)
on the weekend of July 27. Manager Tommy Forte is starting
the party already with Tap & App Tuesdays
every week starting at 5 p.m. A special $5 appetizer menu
is offered along with tap specials featuring $3 pints and
$12 pitchers. The menu may include: Buffalo Wings, Chicken
Fingers, Nachos Rancheros, Spinach and Artichoke Dip, and
Roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta. On tap, look for Lessings
Local Ale, Lessings Local Blonde, Blue Moon, Miller
Light and Samuel Adams.
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